In November 2018 our team completed the Altec XY Scanner and charger controls programming for Columbia Forest Products. This was Altec’s first project with Columbia Forest Products, involving the installation, calibration and commissioning of the new XY scanner system and taking over the existing charger PLC charger controls including the hand over to the lathe. In addition to providing the client with a new XY laser scanning package, we also supplied our full reporting package which allows our customers to cross reference and very accurately track “product in” to “actual product” recovered.
The project went smoothly and as planned. The client noticed immediate, significant improvements from the XY scanning solution through to the positional controls programming and the handover to the lathe, resulting in an immediate 6% increase in recovery. This far exceeded their expectations and we are pleased to say ROI was achieved much quicker than predicted.
Altec will continue to work with Columbia Forest Products to further enhance the scanner interface options to meet hardwood industry-specific requirements. We will continue to look at other green end areas, for example mechanical components such as lathe carriages and clipping scanners.
We are proud to announce that we installed 10 new XY systems in 2018 alone, making our current units-in-service number 42.